6 Things to Do After Hitting a Deer

It happens. You’re driving and a deer runs into the road, right in front of you. It’s a scenario that even the most cautious driver can get into. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are over 1.5 million car accidents with deer each year. It’s a common accident, but not many know what to do next. Do you know what to do if you hit a deer?

These 5 steps can you help navigate your way through that accident:

  1. Call the police: Alert police that you’ve hit a deer and need assistance. Let them know where you are if others are around and what happened. If the deer is blocking traffic, let the police know that it is in the road, posing a potential danger to other drivers.

  2. Move your car: If possible, pull over to the side of the road, and turn on your hazard lights. If you must leave your vehicle, stay off the road and out of the way of any oncoming vehicles

  3. Stay away from the deer: A wounded animal will likely be frightened and capable of hurting you if approached.

  4. Let the police handle the situation: The police are there to help – let them. They’ll take photographs of the situation, ask witnesses what happened and likely write up a report on the incident.

  5. Call Hoernis Auto Body: It seems like a logical final step to call your insurance company but by calling us first, you can get a fair assessment of the damages and let us handle the insurance claim process. Your insurance company will often want you to use a body shop on their preferred list but it is your choice who repairs your vehicle. We hope you choose us.

For more tips and helpful hints like this, visit Hoernis Auto Body in Belleville, Ill., or call us at 618-234-6538.